Detroit Tigers: Rick Porcello to Start Spring Training Opener

By Eric Carlisle
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Porcello will be the starting pitcher in Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. Friday will be the opening game of the 2013 spring training schedule for the Detroit Tigers and if it’s anything like previous years Porcello won’t be in there long.

It’s expected that he will only go a few innings considering it’s the first game of the year. Last year Doug Fister only went two innings in the opening game and Porcello will be no different. The young 24-year-old will be battling it out for the final starting rotation spot against Drew Smyly and is scheduled for the most starts in the spring with eight.

Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland has said that the starting outfield will not travel to the game which will be at the Braves facilities in Kissimmee, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities. That group consists of Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter. So I would expect this to be a relatively sloppy game because who knows who all will be playing.

Although we might not be able to see all of the big stars on the roster it should be fun to see some of the younger guys get a chance to play. Players such as Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia will be in the outfield and I’m sure a few of the non-roster invitees will get some nice playing time in the opener.

I don’t think fans will mind much just because it’s the first time we get to see baseball played since last fall. I personally will be tuning into MLB.TV to catch the action as I’m sure a lot of others will too. It’s only a couple days away people, it’s time to get excited.

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